2016 Year in Review

All in all, it was a very busy year at NWU and we’re better off for it. The elections aside, we still have many challenges ahead, the main one being how to grow, be more active, and better serve our members while, at the same time, cutting back on spending. This is a perpetual riddle […]

International Solidarity, International Advocacy

In addition  to our international connections through the UAW, the NWU is affiliated with three international organizations specifically related to our work as writers. In November, I traveled to Europe to meet with them, representing the NWU at meetings of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the International Authors Forum (IAF), and the International Federation […]

We Stand With The Arizona Republic

When I was growing up in Arizona, it was rare to see my home state hit the national news. One of the first times I saw it happen was in the Summer of 1976, when Don Bolles, a reporter for the Arizona Republic, was killed by a bomb planted in his car. He was killed […]

NWU Member Writes Op-Ed on Economic Discrimination in Sri Lanka

NWU writers deploy their talents in numerous fields and cover topics all over the world. The Thomson Reuters Foundation’s September 28th opinion piece “Political justice is not enough to rebuild Sri Lanka” comes to us from Timothy Ryan, an NWU member. Ryan is also the Asia director for the Solidarity Center, a non-profit affiliated with the […]

After Cancer, Photographer is the Picture of Health

Sharon Geiselman’s powerful image of UAW members standing along a bridge (left) emerged as one of the most affecting photographs of the August 2016 LUCA Communications Conference in Black Lake, MI. “Our theme was ‘Building Bridges, Not Walls,’ and I thought: A bridge leads you somewhere, while a wall blocks the path,” says Geiselman, who […]

Polluted Flint Water Damaged Her Health

In 2014, Debra Ryan’s health faltered. Her speech began to slur, her hands shook, and her legs went out from under her at a moment’s notice. One day, she fell and broke her arm. After doctors ruled out a stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, and genetics, Ryan got an ataxia diagnoses—a  Greek term that means without order […]

Cool Kids Rock Netroots 2016

All the cool kids attended the recent Netroots Nation 2016 in St. Louis. It was the perfect place to be trans, a reproductive rights advocate, pushing the climate change conversation, advancing a pro-labor agenda, or leading a march through the streets of the city chanting “Black Lives Matter!” So, of course, the National Writers Union […]

At the Pride March: Labor Against Hate!

June 26 was quite possibly the biggest Pride March in NYC history. The massive turnout was in large part a response to the anti-Gay terrorist hate-crime committed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida just two weeks earlier. It was a resounding statement against fear, terror and the spread of assault weapons, and in defense […]

Media Has Free Time for Trump – No Time for Workers

While the corporate media continues to give 24/7, non-stop coverage (and billions in free publicity) to Donald Trump, there has been an almost complete news blackout of major struggles of working people. In the U.S., the six-week strike of 40,000 Verizon workers, members of the CWA and IBEW, against the telecommunications giant making $18 billion […]

NWU Attends 29th IFJ World Congress

More than 300 delegates representing more than 450,000 journalists in 140 countries gathered in Angers, France for the 29th International Federation of Journalists World Congress, June 7-10.  It was the 90th anniversary of the founding of IFJ. There were many panels, debates and discussions about the safety of journalists, defending and extending press freedom, increasing […]